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About AATY 


The American Association of Teachers of Yorùbá (AATY) exists to facilitate communication among scholars, teachers, students, practitioners, language specialists, and all others interested in the promotion and teaching of Yoruba language.

The association is a platform for the sharing of ideas, research and creative works on Yoruba Language, Literature, and Culture by linguists, literature scholars, language pedagogists, translation scholars, and others interested in the examination, study, acquisition, and use of Yoruba language in the United States of America.                                                                                       


As part of the objectives of the Association in promoting the study, teaching, examination and overall development of Yoruba language, AATY will have the following as its principal objectives:                                                                                           

  1. Strengthening the teaching of Yoruba in the United States of America.

  2. Furthering research on Yoruba language, literature, and culture.

  3. Promoting the interconnectedness of Yoruba language, literature, and culture through the teaching, research and study of and in Yoruba language.   

  4. Providing the platform for collaborative work (between scholars and institutions), especially in material development and dissemination.

  5. Promoting the development and study of literatures in Yoruba language

  6. Creating a sustainable relationship with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Community Colleges (CC) by promoting teaching and research on Yoruba language, literature, linguistics, and culture in these institutions.

  7. Serving as an academic resource for individual and institutional needs related to Yoruba language, literature, linguistics, and culture in the United States of America

  8. Affirming the scholarly and cultural connections with Africa by sharing of resources and expertise.

AATY Constitution:

View the most recent version of the AATY Constitution.


AATY is an affiliated association of the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL).


AATY organizes language-specific panels for inclusion in the ALTA/NCOLCTL annual conferences. The yearly panel usually focuses on a broad range of topics concerning all aspects of Yoruba language teaching and learning.

This conference panel usually serves as the association’s annual business meeting. AATY is governed by a board of executives elected by its members every two years. Executive members hold meetings on an ad hoc basis throughout the year.

AATY occasionally sponsors graduate student members for professional development.

AATY has collaborated with another center to publish a journal on Yoruba education while AATY members have contributed numerously to the ALTA/NCOLCTL journals and Newsletters which are distributed to members and participants at the annual conferences.

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